The openly hostile accused us of trying with trifling Point IV aid to bribe the Arabs to forget Palestine.
But it was the British that received the heavy fire.
This description points up how weak our position is in Iraq.
Without an exception each new Iraqi acquaintance brought up first the Palestine issue and left no doubt as to depth of his feeling.
With little variation each said the Iraqis had no quarrel with Jews as Jews who had been welcomed in Orient when the West persecuted them.
And what was done could not have been done except through active intervention and continuing support of US.
This I was told always with sincerity and sometimes with very considerable heat.
They say North African Arab states are controlled by French and British armies with civil liberties suppressed and right of self-determination denied.